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The tradition of hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner in Dickinson continues this year, but the committee needs help with monetary donations and volunteers. Serving is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, in the Dickinson Trinity High School.
Sneak Pique Productions is opening as Dickinson's newest theater company with a comedy titled "The Marriage of Bette and Boo." Performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 32 First Ave. W., Dickinson. The theater company was created by Dickinson State University theater alums and community actors.
Dickinson's fourth annual prom and party dress sale continues to grow, with new dresses and accessories being included this year. The sale is an opportunity to purchase donated prom and party dresses priced at $25 to $40. Serving as a benefit for the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, it is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge. "This year, we are also featuring new dresses that Special Occasions is bringing," said volunteer Rhonda Dukart.
John Cote and his wife, Joey, of Dickinson are having to make lifestyle changes ever since he was diagnosed with primary amyloidosis. The disease is rare -- it affects about eight out of 1 million people yearly, according to literature from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "I'm trying to take it as it comes," said John, who is undergoing a low-dose chemotherapy and steroid treatment. Amyloid is an abnormal protein produced by cells in the bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ.
Dickinson's Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge is hosting its third annual Empty Bowls event on Saturday. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. in the mezzanine of the hotel. The event is an effort to raise an awareness of hunger in the community, said Marilyn Sahlstrom, the hotel's administrative assistant. "Purchase a bowl, a bit of soup and a bite of bread," she said. "By doing this, you are helping to raise money to give to people in the community who are hungry." Empty Bowls is a nationally recognized fundraiser to raise awareness of hunger.
EDee Steckler has her colored pencils, paper, erasers and model of a teapot spread across the kitchen table. The tools are being used to complete an entry for the Badlands Art Association's 39th annual Holiday Art Show. "We're definitely getting ready -- frantically ready," said Steckler, who is the show's co-chairman. "You always swear you'll do art work throughout the year, but it's out of sight, out of mind unless you're doing another show." This year's show opens with the artists' preview from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. It continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beth Hurt is dedicating her final months as Miss Dickinson to encourage young women to participate in the upcoming local pageant, which will include the first Miss Dickinson's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program. This is the sister program to the Miss North Dakota/Miss America program.
Dickinson's Prairie Hills Mall is hosting a stargazing event on Friday, Oct. 30, to continue its celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. The event includes family activities related to astronomy beginning at 5 p.m. in the mall's concourse and telescope observations at 7 p.m. on the west side of the mall.